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Oshiomhole, Orubebe crossfire: I’m sorry, did Dein of Agbor take notice?

  /   in News, Politics 11:15 am   /   Comments

From left: Orubebe-Dein of Agbor and Oshiomhole

Scandalous: Oshiomhole’s outburst was shocking as it was public knowledge before his bombshell that the total cost of the bridge procured as a Public Private Partnership Project under the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer, DBFOT, model is N108 billion. The posers are how consultancy alone on such a project would gulp N140 billion? Where did the governor get his information? Did he crosscheck before going to town with it?

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APPOINTMENTS: Buhari’s political consolidation

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Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari appointed one of his most trusted allies, Mr. David Lawal as the Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF may have consolidated his political position in the All Progressives Congress

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No social amenities, no vote, community tells Gov. Dickson

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Gov Dickson

SWALI—IN what seems a constructive civil disobedience, residents of Swali community in Atissa clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have put Governor Seriake Dickson, a lawyer, on notice, that they would not vote for him in the forthcoming governorship election if he failed to provide social amenities for them.

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Build special prisons for corrupt Nigerians – Balarabe tells Buhari

  /   in Interview, Politics 5:18 am   /   Comments

*Balarabe Musa

In his time as the governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and most of his colleagues lived a spartan life due to the fact that corruption was very minimal and governors were excitedly submissive to the president and their parties.

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Pay cut: Reps are ready to abide with Nigerians’ wishes – Zorro

  /   in News, Politics 12:06 am   /   Comments

Sani-zorro

First, let me say that this perception or agitation did not start with the 8th National Assembly. It’s been there since the return of democracy in 1999. But the present House leadership is concerned. The House of Representatives, as a result of the outcry of Nigerians, who have been taking critical exemption to the funding of the National Assembly, has decided to review the funding of the activities of its members.

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Old wine in new bottle: New thinking in PDP

  /   in News, Politics 2:57 am   /   Comments

Uche Secondus

In a bid to bolster itself against difficult tides, the former ruling party resurrects the online registration of members project. It is a scheme that would inevitably strip the party’s governors of direct control of the party. Will it fly?

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Reformers like Buhari, Oshiomhole normally start slow – Rep Osagie

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Hon Samson Osagie represented the Uhumwonde/Orhiomwon Federal constituency in the House of Representatives between 2007-2015 and was one of the most vibrant lawmakers in that Assembly. He ran for the Edo South senatorial seat of Edo state in the last election but lost to the PDP candidate, Pharm. Matthew Urhoghide. In this interview with Vanguard, he spoke on the leadership crisis which befell his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the National Assembly, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and other national issues

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Okorocha’s strides are not well known – Madumere, deputy gov

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Prince Eze Madumere, the deputy governor of Imo State was before his entry into the political fray an entrenched player in the private sector having been an executive of Pepsi Cola in the United States. In this interview he reviews developments in his state, efforts towards boosting industrialisation of the state and gives a peep into the life and manner of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

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Orubebe, an elevated thug – Oshiomhole

  /   in News, Politics 8:22 pm   /   Comments

Oshiomhole vs Orubebe

“The real problem of former President Jonathan was having people like Orubebe, who pigeon-holed him as president of the Ijaw nation and prevented him from appreciating the enormity of the challenges facing the Nigerian nation. To further compound the challenges was the dénouement of his unruly and thuggish imputation during the elections, such tendentious character index that is now synonymous with this Niger-Deltan.” that notorious script; such a shameless role by a shameless father who was supposed to be a role model for good parenting.”

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Kogi, your deliverance is at hand – Yahaya Bello

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Alhaji-Yahaya-Bello

Frontline All Progressives Congress, APC Kogi State governorship aspirant, Alhaji Yahaya Bello made his mark in business with specific concerns in transportation, oil and gas, finance and agro-allied sectors. The Agassa Okene-born entrepreneur and politician in this interview gives his perspectives on his aspiration, challenges and hope.

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Kogi: Lies can’t cover Wada’s performance — Uhuotu, PDP chairman

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sam1

Mr Sam Uhuotu is the newly elected Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter of the PDP. In this interview Uhuotu expressed confidence the party would win the forthcoming governorship election.

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Why Jonathan should step in now to save PDP – Anosike

  /   in News, Politics 4:30 pm   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

A party is a collection of different individuals that come together to take power. They have different objectives and interests that when not met, fall into crisis. That is what is happening in the national secretariat of the PDP. Our last presidential candidate, Goodluck Jonathan lost the election to President Muhammadu Buhari as a result of carelessness of some managers without political experience.

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BAYELSA: Why I’m standing behind Dickson – Ernest-Ikoli, former Sylva aide

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Lindsay Barrett (l) chats with George-Ikoli in Yenagoa

First and foremost Sylva is family. He is my brother and remains a dear friend and compatriot, but when I came to serve in his administration I did so in order to serve the people of Bayelsa State and not out of personal sentiment. My membership of the PDP preceded my coming to Bayelsa State and the reasons behind my joining the party were based on my belief in its stated principles of equity, fairness, and good governance.

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Senate Probe: Steps of a dirty dance

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Bukola Saraki

Given the increasing zeal with which the president is approaching the fight against corruption, such a collaboration some may have assumed, would have helped in bridging the well-known gap between Buhari and the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki. The president has been reported to be miffed at the way, and manner Saraki emerged as Senate President, and even worse, his alleged collaboration in the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the Deputy Senate President.

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Appointment: S-West is being shortchanged – Bankole-Hameed

  /   in Politics 10:08 pm   /   Comments

Shehu Bankole

MR Shehu Bankole-Hameed is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State and also an author. In this interview, he reviews the nearly three month stewardship of President Muhammadu Buhari. Excerpts:

President Muhammadu Buhari has been dubbed ‘baba go-slow’ by his critics over perceived failure to hit the ground running? Do you agree with this notion?

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Our frustrations at home – Rep. Mrakpor

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Rep. Mrakpor

Rep. Onyemaechi Mrakpor representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, of Delta State in the House of Representatives recently moved a motion in the House drawing attention to the five year electricity blackout of her constituency. In this interview she elaborates on the efforts she and other concerned stakeholders have made to redress the situation and gives notice of a legal action against the power distribution company.

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How the rot in the army started — Gen Ishola Williams

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Genpix-3

General Ishola Williams was at peace with himself that Friday afternoon when the Vanguard team arrived at his office, in the Iju area of Lagos.

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National Carrier: How Nigeria fell to grand deception

  /   in News, Politics, Trending 12:51 am   /   Comments

Former President Obasanjo

The Minister announced the technical partner and core investor as Triaton A.G. ostensibly of Switzerland. She also said that Airbus Industries had indicated interest in the new venture. At this point, the BPE and the National Council on Privatization had been shoved aside with the explicit approval of the President. And Chikwe had been advised that unless Nigeria Airways was liquidated, it would be impossible to float another national carrier.

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Obiano Support Group a catalyst to APGA —Emecheta

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chief

Chief Jude Emecheta is the chief executive officer, CEO, of the state –owned Anambra State Signage Agency, ANSA.

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Jonathan didn’t perform but Buhari must prove he’s a saint – Balarabe Musa

  /   in News, Politics, Trending 9:05 am   /   Comments

Jonathan-Buhari

ABUJA — Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, yesterday, doubted the ability and sincerity of President Muhammadu Buhari to confront the endemic problem of corruption in Nigeria and put an end to it. Musa, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in his Kaduna home, said President Buhari had already lost the moral right to prosecute the anti-corruption war by restricting the probe of corrupt officials to those in former President Jonathan’s government.

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The story of my betrayal, by Gov. Dickson

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Gov Dickson

Bayelsa born former policeman turned politician Serikae Dickson prepared himself in public advocacy through his training in law school after quitting the police. Dickson started his political advocacy from the left and had the distinguished record of being the only state chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, AD in the South-South to produce a senator, members of the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly at the onset of democratic rule in 1999. He fought the establishment as then represented by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP till he was enticed into government by Governor Goodluck Jonathan who he served as Attorney General.

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Ruling without ministers: Igbo leaders’ concerns

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Buhari

SINCE his inauguration on May 29, 2015 as elected “civilian” president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army general and former head of the military government, has been ruling the country for more than two and half months without ministers. The question examined in this write-up is whether the President ruling without ministers is permitted by the Constitution or is even within its contemplation.

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Plateau: Rumbling on the Plateau

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Simon Lalong

Given the desperate efforts of former Governor Jonah Jang to ensure he handed over to only a trusted lieutenant, it is not surprising that his failure has now led to a faceoff between him and his successor, Simon Lalong.

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Celestial Church Crisis : Obasanjo plays peace-maker

  /   in Politics 10:37 pm   /   Comments

Olusegun Obasanjo

The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo has said that the unity of the Celestial Churches of Christ (CCC) all over the world is of utmost importance to him. He made the submission during the week, at his hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital when the Oshoffa family and some leaders of the church paid him a courtesy visit.

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Ooni Sijuwade’s era ends, focus shifts to succession

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Ooni-ife

The mandatory seven-day mourning period for the late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade ends today ending the burial formalities of the immediate past Ooni of Ife.
Attention therefore has shifted to the succession formalities which has kicked off in Ile-Ife.

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Amaechi: Then and now

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Wike and Amaechi

Governor Rotimi Amaechi stirred a frenzy among his colleagues involved in the peer review mechanism of the Nigerian Governors Forum. The strides in education, health, agriculture among others that were at one time praised are now beclouded by the political intrigues following the succession

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ANTI-GRAFT WAR: Nigeria needs death penalty – Kaka

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Senator Rafiu Adegbenga Kaka

Senator Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka, former deputy governor of Ogun State and principal officer at the Senate of 7th Assembly in this interview at his Ijebu Igbo residence, Ogun State, advocated for death penalty to boost the anti-graft war. He also among others spoke on the reasons the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in crisis and why it is too early to asses President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

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Why APC can’t be ashamed of Aregbesola – Lai Mohammed

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Lai Mohammed

Against the background of the stretching arrears of salaries owed public workers in Osun State, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, APC , during an interactive session with the Editorial Board of Vanguard gave reasons why the state has found itself in dire straits asserting that the party cannot in any way be ashamed of the governor , Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, or his record of performance.

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Can APC rule Imo for 24 years?

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*Imo state Governor,  Okorocha

THE declaration by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State that his party, the All Progressives Party, APC, would have an unbroken 24-year reign in his state may sound hysteric, but it offers another window for some level of introspection in the polity.

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UNEP Report on Ogoni: Buhari’s deal for the N-Delta

  /   in News, Politics 1:15 pm   /   Comments

Ogoni land and President Buhari

Commendations have continued to trail the decision of the federal government to fast track implementation of the report of the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP on Ogoni communities in Rivers State.

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Why Ndigbo should follow constructive channels to Buhari – Mbadinuju

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Chinweoke Mbadinuju

Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju was the former governorof Anambra State between 1999 and 2003 under the platform of the PDP. He lost his bid for a second term following the intrigues that characterised the primaries of his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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NASS: Renewed controversy over Confab report

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Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan handing over reports of the 2014 National Conference to President Muhammadu Buhari

The report of the 2014 National Conference was presented by former President Goodluck Jonathan as the most important document among the handing over documents presented to his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari.

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